Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 07

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1782 George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit to honor soldiers wounded in battle. It is later renamed to the more poetic Purple Heart. Combatwoundedveteran Christ, My Leg is Sore I Know a Girl Who Develops Crime Scene Photos
2. 1789 The United States War Department is established. Department Clearly I Can Now See War Department
3. 1879 The opening of the Poor Man's Palace in Manchester. The Pixies Palace of the Brine Trompe Le Monde
4. 1909 Alice Huyler Ramsey and three friends become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, taking 59 days to travel from New York City to San Francisco. SSD On the Road Power
5. 1947 Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America. The Shins We Built a Raft and We Floated Nature Bears a Vaccum
6. 1959 The Lincoln Memorial design on the U.S. penny goes into circulation. It replaces the "sheaves of wheat" design and is still in use. Penny & the Overtones What Made You Forget A Million Dollars Worth of Girl Groups
7. 1974 Philippe Petit performs a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1,368 feet (417 m) in the air. Dead Boys High Tension Wire Young, Loud and Snotty

(Historical facts about August 7 are from Wikipedia.)

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